Francesco Rosi

Christ Stopped at Eboli

Christ Stopped at Eboli

An elegy of exile and an epic immersion in the world of rural Italy during the regime of Benito Mussolini, Francesco Rosi’s sublime adaptation of the memoirs of the painter, physician, and political activist Carlo Levi brings a monument of twentieth-century autobiography to the screen with quiet grace and solemn beauty. Banished to a desolate southern town for his anti-Fascist views, Levi (Gian Maria Volontè) discovers an Italy he never knew existed, a place where ancient folkways and superstitions still hold sway, and that gradually transforms his understanding of both himself and his country. Presented for the first time on home video in its original full-length, four-part version, Christ Stopped at Eboli ruminates profoundly on the political and philosophical rifts within Italian society—between North and South, tradition and modernity, Fascism and freedom—and the essential humanity that transcends all.

Film Info

  • Francesco Rosi
  • Italy
  • 1979
  • 220 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Italian
  • Spine #1043

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with translator and author Michael F. Moore
  • Documentary from 1978 on Italian political cinema, featuring director Francesco Rosi and actor Gian Maria Volontè
  • Excerpt from a 1974 documentary featuring Rosi and author Carlo Levi
  • Excerpt from Marco Spagnoli’s 2014 documentary Unico, in which Rosi discusses working with Volontè
  • Rialto Pictures rerelease trailer
  • New English subtitle translation by Moore
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Alexander Stille and a 1979 director’s statement by Rosi

New cover by Katya Mezhibovskaya

Purchase Options

Released Sep 22, 2020

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with translator and author Michael F. Moore
  • Documentary from 1978 on Italian political cinema, featuring director Francesco Rosi and actor Gian Maria Volontè
  • Excerpt from a 1974 documentary featuring Rosi and author Carlo Levi
  • Excerpt from Marco Spagnoli’s 2014 documentary Unico, in which Rosi discusses working with Volontè
  • Rialto Pictures rerelease trailer
  • New English subtitle translation by Moore
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Alexander Stille and a 1979 director’s statement by Rosi

New cover by Katya Mezhibovskaya

Christ Stopped at Eboli
Cast
Gian Maria
Carlo Levi
Paolo Bonacelli
Don Luigi Magalone
Alain Cuny
Baron Nicola Rotunno
Lea Massari
Luisa Levi
Irene Papas
Giulia Venere
François Simon
Don Trajella
Luigi Infantino
Chauffeur
Accursio Di
Carpenter
Francesco Callari
Dr. Gibilisco
Vincenzo Vitale
Dr. Milillo
Antonio Allocca
Don Cosimino
Credits
Director
Francesco Rosi
Screenplay
Francesco Rosi
Screenplay
Tonino Guerra
Screenplay
Raffaele La Capria
Based on the book by
Carlo Levi
Produced by
Franco Cristaldi
Produced by
Nicola Carraro
Cinematography
Pasqualino De Santis
Production design
Andrea Crisanti
Costumes
Enrico Sabbatini
Music
Piero Piccioni
Editor
Ruggero Mastroianni

From The Current

Christ Stopped at Eboli: Memories of Exile
Christ Stopped at Eboli: Memories of Exile

A monument of Italian literature, Carlo Levi’s novelistic memoir comes to the screen in a remarkably faithful adaptation that habituates viewers to close, attentive perception.

By Alexander Stille